Compost bin at NCAT's SIFT farm

National Strategy Outlines Path to Reduce Food Loss and Waste and Recycle Organics

USDA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the White House announced the National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics. The strategy provides tangible goals that U.S. government partners, along with retailers and consumers, can work toward to help further prevent the loss and waste of food, increase recycling of food and other organic materials to support a more circular economy for all, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, save households and businesses money, and build cleaner, healthier communities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted, “This National Strategy charts a course to reduce our nation’s food loss and waste by 50% by 2030.” The strategy highlights four objectives: Prevent food loss; Prevent food waste; Increase the recycling rate for all organic waste; and Support policies that incentivize and encourage the prevention of food loss and waste and organics recycling.